Children are facing more devastating wars and disasters than ever before. Children have been killed while studying in the classroom, recovering in hospital or sleeping in their beds. Many have been orphaned, forced to become soldiers, kidnapped, raped and traumatised.
Protecting children from violence is life-saving in emergencies, as much as water, shelter and medicine, yet it isn’t prioritised in the same way. This needs to change. Every moment we fail to act, the risk of life-shattering violence grows.
At the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in May, we can change how the world responds to children in emergencies. The UK Government must make protecting children from violence a priority.
The UK and other countries must also sign up to international Safe Schools Declaration on protecting schools from being taken over for military purposes or attacked, so they always remain safe places to learn and play.
We need MPs to urge the Foreign Secretary to sign up to the Declaration. By doing so, the UK can help stigmatise the military use of schools and change the way military forces act in warfare. As an influential provider of training to other military forces around the world, it is vital that the UK signs up and includes information about not using schools for military purposes in its military training programmes.
Ask your MP to call on the Foreign Secretary to sign up to the Safe Schools Declaration.
How you can help
When a child’s world is turned upside down, they need leaders who will step up, keep them safe, and rally other countries to make the protection of children a priority.
Ask your MP to call on the the Foreign Secretary to sign up to the Safe Schools Decleration.